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Very Cool Very Smooth
Very Cool Very Smooth
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5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPILATION OF GREAT PERFORMANCES BY JAZZ MASTER MUSICIANS, SINGERS, & ACCOMPANISTS, 19 Jan. 2017
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This review is from: Very Cool Very Smooth (Audio CD)
Five HISTORIC Stars. The jazz album, "Very Cool, Very Smooth" is a compilation of some of great performances by mostly major jazz musicians and singers and performances by other seminal jazz men. This is neither "smooth jazz" nor "the cool jazz" of the West Coast Jazz period or early Miles Davis. Instead, these performances are mainly from the 1940s with more emphasis on mainstream swing and less on bebop, although it factors into the solos themselves at times. Many highly-talented 'unsung heroes' perform here, accompanying more well known jazz masters.

The compilation is led off by a young Stan Getz on tenor sax in 1946 playing "Don't Worry About Me" and sounding more like Coleman Hawkins than his major influence, Lester Young, supported by an all-star rhythm section of Hank Jones on piano, who plays a short, marvelous solo, Curley Russell on double bass, and the great Max Roach on drums. From the same period is an exultant performance by jazz legend Sarah Vaughn singing "Lover Man", supported by Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet with a affecting solo, Charlie Parker on alto sax, Al Haig on piano, bassist Curly Russel and drummer 'Big' Sid Catlett. Next is a dazzling piano performance by Erroll Garner playing "Trio" with a bebop tagline, accompanied by bassist Red Callender and Harold "Doc" West on drums. The classic 1945 Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie performance of "All The Things You Are" has the familiar bluesy and mysterious repetitive introduction with Gillespie's fabulous theme statement intro and Parker's soulful bridge statement in what is mostly thematic presentation with improvisations by Slam Stewart 'bowing and humming' in what became a popular double bass maneuver, as well as solos by pianist Clyde Hart, guitarist Remo Palmieri, with Cozy Cole on drums. Billie Holiday's very expressive 1944 performance of the classic "As Time Goes By" is a great example of her highly-influential singing style, accompanied by Eddie Heywood's group. Coleman Hawkins has always been one of the greatest tenor sax influences across the sonic spectrum and timeline of the instrument and here plays a powerful balladic "I'll String Along With You" (erroneously listed as "Running Wild") accompanied by pianist Joe Knight, bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Osie Johnson.

Other performances here are Stephane Grappelli on violin and guitarist Pierre Cavilli with "Like Someone in Love" in 1962. A 29 year old Frank Sinatra sings a dreamy "It's Been A Long Long Time" with chorus and strings. Ellington stalwart and clarinetist master Jimmy Hamilton leads an all-star group in 1954 with "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", followed by Duke Ellington himself and orchestra in 1940 playing "Little Posey" with an expressive Johnny Hodges on alto sax. The highly-influential tenor sax legend Lester Young, the "Big Blue, himself" plays a plush "These Foolish Things" accompanied by Nat "King" Cole, showing off his pianism with Buddy Rich on drums. Vibraphone master "Red" Norvo does Ellington's "In A Mellow Tone" with highly swinging solos by Flip Phillips on tenor sax, Dale Pierce on trumpet, and trombonist Dick Taylor. The set is concluded with tenor sax luminary Don Byas playing a salutary, heartfelt "September Song". A galaxy of jazz stars from the 1940s and 1950s. "Very Cool, Very Smooth", indeed. Highly Recommended. Five INFLUENTIAL Stars. (2000 Edel America, Inc Records CD. 13-tracks. Time-47:05. Liner notes by Scott Yanow)


Sea Change
Sea Change
Dvd
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A "SEA CHANGE" IS COMING TO PARADISE & TO JESSE STONE's LIFE & SLEUTHING, 18 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Sea Change (Amazon Video)
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"Unintended consequenses." - Jesse Stone

Five IMPROBABLE Stars. "Sea Change" is a excellent edition in the binge-worthy, 9-episode Jesse Stone TV-series which is based on the best-selling novels by renowned author Robert B. Parker, starring award-winning actor Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone, the troubled police chief of the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts. It is the follow-on story that extends events which occurred in the preceding Jesse Stone TV-movie, "Death in Paradise", especially regarding the circumstance surrounding police officer, "Suitcase" Simpson. And there are major additions to the re-curring cast and some changes to others. This detail-laden edition whets the appetite to see what happens to the characters in the next Jesse Stone movie "Thin Ice" with different crime cases. It is very good as a stand-alone cop mystery although the new viewer will have to take some things for granted, and it is flat-out marvelous as part of the overall 9-part series. Even better on the second viewing.

Things get very entertaining and twisty as Stone goes to the shrink to solve some recurring personal problems and opens up a cold case at work just for the challenge. Meanwhile, the second storyline threatens to disturb the burgh of Paradise at the wrong time of the tourist season. Co-starring Kathy Baker in her initial episode, Kohl Sudduth, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sean Young (yes, Blade Runner), Mika Boorem, Stephen McHattie, William Sadler, James Gammon, James Preston Rogers, Nigel Bennett, Vito Rezza, and Saul Rubinek, with Viola Davis and William Devane. Directed by Robert Harmon. My Highest Recommendation. Five RELENTLESS Stars. (Sony Pictures, Brandman Productions, and TWS Productions. NR but violence and adult themes. Color. HD. CC. X-Ray, Time 1:28:29.)


Jesse Stone - Death in Paradise
Jesse Stone - Death in Paradise
Dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars "DEATH IN PARADISE": JESSE STONE INVESTIGATES A DEATH & A TROUBLED MARRIAGE, 17 Jan. 2017
Four and a half DETERMINED Stars. "Death in Paradise" is the TV-movie version of author Robert B. Parker's third novel, using the same title, in the popular Jesse Stone series of novels. It stars Tom Selleck as the star-crossed and quietly relentless sheriff of the coastal town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Best enjoyed as a part of the series where the past of some characters is known to the viewer, this can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. The TV series does not exactly track with the novels: TV-movie "Death in Paradise" is followed by the TV-movie, "Sea Change".

The movie begins with "Suitcase" Simpson finding a decomposed body at water's edge and the chief begins a dogged investigation to identify the decomposed body and find the cause of death. Meanwhile, a serious personal matter within a family comes to the attention of the sheriff's office which then becomes an alternate storyline to the movie. The chief is still plagued with his own past demons. Co-starring an excellent cast of Viola Davis, Kohl Sudduth, Orla Brady, Gary Basaraba, JOhn Diehl, Debra Christofferson, Mae Whitman, Matt Barr, Edward Edwards, Brendan Kelly, Kerri Smith, Liisa Repo-Martell, and Carolyn Fitzgibbons, with Stephen McHattie, Steven Flynn, and William Devane. The acting is marvelous, especially the scenes between Selleck and Devane which are full of remarkably understated acting. The movie ends on a cliff hanger that is picked up in "Sea Change. Directed by Robert Harmon, it is co-executive produced by Selleck who co-wrote the teleplay. Highly Recommended. Four and a half RELENTLESS Stars. (Sony Pictures. NR. Color. HD. CC. X-Ray, Time 2:07:50.)


Jesse Stone - Thin Ice
Jesse Stone - Thin Ice
Dvd
Price: £2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars "THIN ICE" - JESSE STONE & COMPANY WORK TWO MYSTERIOUS CASES, 17 Jan. 2017
Five PERPLEXING Stars. "Thin Ice" is an award-winning, enjoyable, expansive edition of the TV series about Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck), the beleaguered police chief of Paradise Massachusetts, based on the popular novels by renowned author Robert B. Parker. Best enjoyed as a part of the series where the past of some of the main characters is known to the viewer, this 2009 show can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story, although chronologically it occurs between the shows "Sea Change" and "No Remorse". In this deliberately-paced, well-acted cop drama, the painstaking, less glamorous but interesting side of police work is exposed with many characters skating on 'thin ice' as Chief Stone is involved in a shooting and a disappearance that are separated by years of time. Obviously there is more to follow in the next edition of the series that ends here on a minor, poignant cliff hanger. Co-starring an excellent cast of Kathy Baker, Kohn Studduth, Stephen McHattie, William Sadler, Leslie Hope, Kerri Smith, Fulvio Cecere, Jessica Hecht, Joanna Miles, with Camryn Manheim and William Devane. Directed by Robert Harmon, "Thin Ice" is co-written and co-produced by Selleck. Highly Recommended. Five EXPANSIVE Stars. (Sony Pictures Television, Inc. and Brandman Productions, Inc. NR, but contains some violence. Color. HD. CC. X-Ray. Time-1:25:46.)


Free Form (feat. Donald Byrd)
Free Form (feat. Donald Byrd)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "FREE FORM" FROM A WONDERFUL, CLASSIC 'BLUE NOTE' ALL-STAR SESSION, 16 Jan. 2017
Five CLASSIC Stars. On the album "French Spice" and also the album "Free Form ", NEA Jazz Master composer, arranger, and trumpeter Donald Byrd leads an all-star cast who really fire off a great recording of classic jazz, funk, and adventurous music. Drummer Billy Higgins, double bassist Butch Warren and the superlative pianism of sideman Herbie Hancock are part of a great rhythm section with legendary tenor sax front man Wayne Shorter adding his considerable, diverse resume and imaginative tenor sax capabilities to the proceedings. Shorter, Higgins, and Hancock are also certified NEA Jazz Masters, as is the renowned audio engineer of this session, Rudy Van Gelder, using his famous Englewood Cliffs studio. As expected, the session was produced by label owner Alfred Lion.

The CD's title track, "Free Form", is composed by Byrd and is a great mysterious middle eastern-flavored track that flows from vamp to lyricism and back throughout the recording, primarily using Billy Higgins' wonderful shifting poly-rhythms to delineate the middle eastern theme from the conventional jazz solo part. It is not "New Thing", but it is based on a tone-row experiment which allows the jazzman the freedom to select his own notes for his general improvisational arc, rather than use conventional 'chord changes'. Shorter and Byrd take to this concept wonderfully and produce adventuous, enjoyable solos, along with Herbie Hancock's unconventional 'comping' and inspired solo using a building pianistic crescendo to reach an urgent, swinging plateau, pushed along by Higgins' accents. My Highest Recommendation. Five MYSTERIOUS Stars. (Blue Note records/Move records. 1-MP3 track. Time-11:11.)


Live
Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOL GABETTA PLAYS ELGAR & MARTINU with the BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER, LIVE, 15 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
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Five FABULOUS Stars! This beautiful aural recording captures the award-winning Argentinia-born cello star Sol Gabetta on two separate live 2014 occasions: in her debut recording with the vaunted Grammy-winning Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of the esteemed British maestro Sir Simon Rattle playing Sir Edward Elgar's famous "Cello Concerto in E Minor, Opus 85", recorded live at Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, Germany: there is a DVD of the Baden Baden Elgar concerto performance with other works. This is second time Gabetta has recorded the Elgar concerto, about 4 years after her excellent initial recording with Mario Venzago and the Danish National Symphony. The second performance on this CD captures Gabetta in Berlin, again with the Berliner Philharmoniker, this time under the baton of the talented conductor Krzysztof Urbański in his own Philharmoniker debut playing the beautiful, formidable 1955 version of the Cello Concerto No. 1, H. 196 by the great Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.

The "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 85" is the musical expression of Sir Edward Elgar's somber, emotional view of World War I and it is a 'high benchmark' for all prominent cellists. It is the final major work by Elgar who signed it "Finis. RIP": the end of a great career as a composer. The concerto was written as a "man's attitude to life" so it's curious that many great versions have come from female cellists, notably Jacqueline Du Pre' with Sir John Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra. As before, Ms. Gabetta gives a marvelous, lyrical, smoldering performance using that beautiful "singing" cello tone which makes her work so distinctive. She receives outstanding support from maestro Rattle as they brilliantly mine both the melancholy and exultation of this concerto, especially the 2 prominent crescendos of the Adagio-Moderato movement as she wrings increasing angst from each ascending run, this time in a somewhat slower, more deliberate manner. The remaining movements are equally superb with great interplay and timing between Gabetta's rippling bow work, Rattle's baton flourishes, and the Philharmoniker, receiving a rousing ovation from the audience.

Bohuslav Martinu's 3-movement 1955 modernist "Cello Concerto No. 1, H. 196" is the third iteration of a creative process that Martinu began in 1930 and is in contrast to the Elgar concerto in mood, even in the more reflective 'Andante moderato' second movement. The lively opening theme of the 'Allegro moderato' first movement is begun by a trumpet and completed by strings and wonderfully re-spawned by Gabetta's cello statement in mid-movement. The movement, with periodic orchestral flourishes, is a dazzling, virtuosic display in the hands of Gabetta who also plumbs the cadenzas with great emotion. The lovely 'Andante moderato' has a eerie, thrilling multi-string cadenza by Gabetta and marvelous orchestra work, distinguished by beautiful, long, singing concluding lines by Gabetta. The agitated third movement has Gabetta bowing like a dervish against the turbulent orchestral lines and presenting 2 fiery cadenzas, with the concerto ending in an upbeat manner. Both recordings have Sol Gabetta out front with the orchestra slightly behind on the vivid aural soundscape. My Highest Recommendation. Five THRILLING Stars. (Sony Classical records. 7 tracks. Time-55:12.)


The Art of Space Travel: A Tor.Com Original
The Art of Space Travel: A Tor.Com Original
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4.0 out of 5 stars AN UPCOMING MARS LAUNCH HAS FAR-REACHING EFFECTS ON EARTH, 11 Jan. 2017
Four ILLUMINATING Stars. "The Art of Space Travel: A Tor.com Original" is a curious and compelling novelette which peripherally touches on science fiction, written by talented and prolific writer, Nina Allan. Written in the first person, the year is 2077 and the protagonist is Emily, the head of housekeeping in a well-appointed hotel. The title "The Art of Space Travel" is both literal and figurative: about something substantial, about meaning in life, and an upcoming launch of astronauts to the planet Mars that has the attention of the world more than normal. It ranges far afield in subject matter, time frames, characterizations, and the effect a pending visit by a duo of astronauts is having on her, her immediate family, and the seemingly harried hotel staff. Old mysteries are awakened with many possibilities. This imaginative writer takes the reader quite far afield around the locus of Emily's viewpoints, doubts, and questions. Very Definitely Recommended. Four MYSTERIOUS Stars. (Published by Tor.com: Tom Doherty Associates ebook. 40 pages. Text-to-Speech, Word Wise, Enhanced Typesetting, and Page Flip functions are enabled. X-Ray and Lending are not. DRM software-free.)


Para Ingles Ver E Ouvir by Zizi Possi (2005-11-09)
Para Ingles Ver E Ouvir by Zizi Possi (2005-11-09)
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Price: £33.03

5.0 out of 5 stars ZIZI POSSI RECORDED LIVE IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL SINGING MODERN STANDARDS IN ENGLISH, 8 Jan. 2017
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“I hear your voice and I must come to you.” from Ruby by Mitchell Parish / Heinz Roemheld

Five MARVELOUS Stars! This is another excellent and different performance by Zizi Possi. A lovely sight in her designer dress and the long gloves, the multi-lingual Brazilian chanteuse with the soaring, sensitive soprano and the deep Italian roots, gives a great live performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Singing songs associated with a number of prominent English-speaking singers and composers. This recording has Zizi singing completely in flawless English in a live show where she shows off one of the finest voices in Brazilian MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). Aided by her support group of Jether on keyboards, Marcos Paiva and Alexandre Damasceno, she uses her amazing soprano on songs by a wide range of singers such as John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, Richie Valens, and Frank Sinatra from composers such as Cole Porter, Bobby Sharp, and Henry Mancini.

The ‘best of the best’ include a marvelous version of the Beatles “Come Together”, a funky version of the Bobby Sharp song which was made famous by Ray Charles, “Unchain My Heart”; a heartfelt version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”; From the golden are of Rock & Roll, Zizi sings a rousing“Do You Wanna Dance” backed by congas. Also included are great versions of “Moon River” and “Fly Me To The Moon”, among others. Perhaps, best of all is a fantastic, lovely, nuanced, patiently-developed version of the classic Mitchell Parish / Heinz Roemheld ballad “Ruby” that is as good as it gets. This is one of Zizi Possi’s greatest performances and it is Highly Recommended. Five EXTRAORDINARY Stars. (Universal International. CD. 13 tracks. Time-43:36. Also available on DVD. Zizi Possi is the mother of Brazilian singing star. Luisa Possi.)


ZIZI POSSI:PARA INGLES VER...E OUVIR
ZIZI POSSI:PARA INGLES VER...E OUVIR
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Price: £31.98

5.0 out of 5 stars ZIZI POSSI RECORDED LIVE IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL SINGING MODERN STANDARDS IN ENGLISH, 8 Jan. 2017
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“I hear your voice and I must come to you.” from Ruby by Mitchell Parish / Heinz Roemheld

Five MARVELOUS Stars! This is another excellent and different performance by Zizi Possi. A lovely sight in her designer dress and the long gloves, the multi-lingual Brazilian chanteuse with the soaring, sensitive soprano and the deep Italian roots, gives a great live performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Singing songs associated with a number of prominent English-speaking singers and composers. This recording has Zizi singing completely in flawless English in a live show where she shows off one of the finest voices in Brazilian MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). Aided by her support group of Jether on keyboards, Marcos Paiva and Alexandre Damasceno, she uses her amazing soprano on songs by a wide range of singers such as John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, Richie Valens, and Frank Sinatra from composers such as Cole Porter, Bobby Sharp, and Henry Mancini.

The ‘best of the best’ include a marvelous version of the Beatles “Come Together”, a funky version of the Bobby Sharp song which was made famous by Ray Charles, “Unchain My Heart”; a heartfelt version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”; From the golden are of Rock & Roll, Zizi sings a rousing“Do You Wanna Dance” backed by congas. Also included are great versions of “Moon River” and “Fly Me To The Moon”, among others. Perhaps, best of all is a fantastic, lovely, nuanced, patiently-developed version of the classic Mitchell Parish / Heinz Roemheld ballad “Ruby” that is as good as it gets. This is one of Zizi Possi’s greatest performances and it is Highly Recommended. Five EXTRAORDINARY Stars. (Universal International. DVD. 13 tracks. Time-43:36. Also available on CD. Zizi Possi is the mother of Brazilian singing star. Luisa Possi.)


Drifters' Alliance, Book 1
Drifters' Alliance, Book 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW, YOUNG DRIFT SHIP CAPTAIN SETS OUT FOR ADVENTURE WITH HER CREW, 8 Jan. 2017
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Four and a half IMAGINATIVE Stars. "Drifters' Alliance, Book 1" is by talented, prolific author Elle Casey who creates some hair-raising scenes throughout the novel. She gives a unique spin to the familiar SciFi plot of a charismatic leader, small ship, and a diverse crew: living on the edge of galaxy laws. The novel begins in an outer-reaches gambling hole in Centurion 4. In a hoot of a scene, 19 year old Cass Kennedy is nearing the end of a gut-checking one-on-one game of 'givit' in an attempt to win an actual drifter ship, putting some special personal collateral in the pot. Winning, she realizes her dream of owning a star ship, but has the seemingly insurmountable problem of being completely inexperienced. Some of this seems to occur within an improbably short period of time until the author gives some important background about this young lady.

Written in the first person, the reader can see her thoughts, strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities play out from the inside, as the crew members and other major characters develop within the plot and react to her as an evolving leader. Along the way we meet the Omega Systems Group, Langlade, Xylera, the Triangulan Galaxy, drifter ships and war ships, a unique animal, gingers, and an old nemesis returns. And she has two aces up her sleeve that she dares not play, as she becomes aware of a mysterious, tempting "alliance". This is part 1 of the 3 part space-faring "Drifters' Alliance" adventure series starring protagonist Cass Kennedy and crew, apparently on sale at this time, compared to the following parts. I bought "Drifters' Alliance, Book 2" to go deeper into the storyline. Highly Recommended. Four and a half INVITING Stars. (Elle Casey; 1 edition. 192 pages. Text-to-Speech, X-Ray, Page flip, Word Wise, Lending, and Enhanced Typesetting are enabled.)


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